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Comment: Re:TFA (Score 2) 66

Oh I hate how the local news and some entertainment newsy shows have become. I have timed a few and they literally on one or two stories spend more time telling you about the story coming up than they do the story itself. As in, "Bruce Springsteen talks to us about his latest tour, and you will be surprised what he says." They do this 15 second spot 6 times and then the actual footage only takes about 80 seconds. Facepalm time for me. The medical breakthroughs like the subject of this slashdot thread are pretty bad. They if not talk it up an equal amount of time come very close. Seems much simpler to just do the darned story using twice the time being perhaps more than twice as informative without the repetitive preamble. But of course the object is keeping everyone interested in 5 different stories waiting on the one they care about. Not being informative.

+ - The White House's Zero Day Sleight of Hand

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "The White House wants you to know that it did not know about the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability before you did. The White House also wants you to know that administration officials don’t think stockpiling zero days isn’t necessarily good for national security. That’s all well and good, except that it mostly doesn’t matter.

“Building up a huge stockpile of undisclosed vulnerabilities while leaving the Internet vulnerable and the American people unprotected would not be in our national security interest. But that is not the same as arguing that we should completely forgo this tool as a way to conduct intelligence collection, and better protect our country in the long-run.”

Here’s the problem, though: The government doesn’t necessarily need to stockpile zero days, because it has a cadre of contractors doing that job in its stead. One of the conundrums of vulnerability research is that there’s no way to know whether the bug you just discovered is in fact new. The population of skilled researchers around the world is sufficiently large that it’s possible, if not probable, that someone else has found the same bug and is already using it. It’s tempting to think that you’ve discovered a special snowflake, but there’s a good chance someone on the other side of the Web has found the same snowflake. So the fact that the White House has a “disciplined, rigorous and high-level decision-making process for vulnerability disclosure” sounds nice, but it’s not enough."

Comment: Re:Failing as a math teacher (Score 2) 114

by esldude (#46413467) Attached to: Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused
I think you are right. Psychology learning investigations even with toddlers found in a natural environment (non-classroom) people learn by watching or interacting with those just very slightly more advanced than them. People who know just a little something they don't. This is actually obvious. Two people like that can communicate very easily as they are at a similar point of learning. The person knowing the extra thing or two learned it recently. Making it easy to help someone else replicate the aha! experience with new concepts.

Comment: Re:Is this like that old study of Linux malware? (Score 2) 193

by esldude (#46403881) Attached to: F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013
Well sort of. If you restrict yourself to Google's Play store for software the rate was .1%. The rest, almost all of it in this case, came from other stores for Android software. Mostly Saudi Arabia and India. So it would be nice if Android were more interested in security, but on the other hand it isn't the huge dramatic result that would warrant the headline. Stay with Google Play and things are pretty safe.

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by esldude (#46328697) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
Well, I think people are looking at 50 miles both ways or 25 one way. Lots of places you couldn't charge during the day. And yes, in the USA, that is maybe not an average commute, but not at all uncommon either. Plus if you have a 40 mile commute with 50 mile real world range that is cutting things pretty close. When an oops I need to go somewhere else is hours of charging away from being possible. Another way I have put it to people. Imagine driving a car with a 1.5 gallon gas tank. That is about what these smaller EV's are more or less like. Most people wouldn't like that all that much even though you could refill your 1.5 gallon tank in two minutes each day. In the case of the EV that tank takes hours to fill.

Comment: Okay that is better (Score 5, Insightful) 2219

by esldude (#46180063) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
And you can all thank me for sending my feedback in as this appeared shortly thereafter. And I am kidding of course, just a coincidence. Hopefully this isn't just lip service as so often the case in these situations. Sorry for the skepticism. But this is a good response finally by the people behind the current slashdot.

Comment: Re:Fifth Post, but not the last (Score 1) 14

Hate to see a fellow slashdotter suffer less enjoyment than he wishes. So, no your 5th post won't be the last. And I in a generous mood leave it for another to get the lucky 7th post. The book actually sounds of some interest to me. But once I unearthed the price in my digging, I will have to pass for now at least. Merry Christmas to all.

Comment: Re:Risk pool payment, not payback. (Score 0) 356

by esldude (#45712303) Attached to: GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses
Hey, they are like our precious welfare moms. Well sure, it would ethical to pay things back. But what value is ethics? I mean really. Why should they pay back money that kept them from going like.....all bankrupt and stuff? Who would value that? Don't be ridiculous. So what does that leave us? Ethically no one with half a brain would buy from them. Which means they fail, go bankrupt and cease to exist. At great loss in jobs and capital. Or we buy from them, enrich those assholes who don't deserve it, and keep lots of people employed. And those execs who have like all the wrong ideas, that get reinforced, .....hey it is the cost of doing business and being a free market economy. What's not to love? A jewish banker would surely be most comfortable with this as would any bought and paid for politician. Hey we all got our own little problems to solve. Why not? Yeah well F12k you!!!!!!!!!!

Comment: Re:its more than just political sensitivity (Score 2) 136

by esldude (#45581613) Attached to: Bursting the Filter Bubble
Yeah, realized this problem a few months back. I and a friend while on the phone typed absolutely identical search terms in. We got entirely different results. Often even highly different numbers of results. Like I returned 81,000 search results once and he got over a 400,000 for the same term. What we also found was if we kept typing in the same search terms somewhere around a dozen or more times we then started getting the same results. Sort of odd behavior. I thought. This using google of course. Since then I keep a couple other search engines handy that are anonymous, one basically does a google search for you, but without your history attached. And sometimes when unable to find what I wish, this alternate search engines can be more relevant in what I get back on searches.

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